BigML’s Chief Scientist Elected President at AAAI

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We are proud that our Chief Science Officer, Tom Dietterich, has recently been elected as the new president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

From left to right: Tom Dietterich (President-elect), Manuela Veloso (President) and Henry Kautz (Past President).

The AAAI is a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. AAAI also aims to increase public understanding of artificial intelligence, improve the teaching and training of AI practitioners, and provide guidance for research planners and funders concerning the importance and potential of current AI developments and future directions.

BigML’s Francisco Martin, Adam Ashenfelter and Charlie Parker all spent time at Tom’s ML group at Oregon State University, where Tom is a professor and Director of Intelligent System Research. He is also currently the editor of the MIT Press series on Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning. He served as Executive Editor of Machine Learning (1992-98) and helped co-found the Journal of Machine Learning Research. He also served as co-editor of the Morgan-Claypool Synthesis Series on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He has organized several conferences and workshops including serving as Technical Program Co-Chair of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-90), Technical Program Chair of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS-2000) and General Chair of NIPS-2001 He is a Fellow of the ACM, AAAI, and AAAS. He served as founding President of the International Machine Learning Society, and he is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Asian Conference on Machine Learning.

It is great to have Tom in our team!

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